ABC just added another project to the long list of autobiographical sitcoms currently in development across the major networks. Variety reports that NBA star Chris Paul has teamed up with former Office writer/executive producer Warren Lieberstein to develop a family comedy for ABC based on his childhood in North Carolina. The untitled show follows "two brothers who work at a service station owned by their grandfather, who champions old-school values in contrast to the attitude of their guarded, politically-correct mother." Paul and his brother C.J. will serve as co-executive producers alongside Lieberstein, Eric Tannanbaum, and Kim Tannanbaum.
This makes the second comedy in development based on an [...]
Elizabeth Banks just added another behind-the-scenes gig. On top of producing a web series and directing the upcoming film Pitch Perfect 2, Deadline reports that Banks is now producing a series in development at ABC called The Greater Good. The single-cam comedy is described as a "comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world of conspiracy theories" and was written by Caroline Williams, who created the 2008 ABC sitcom Miss Guided and has also written for The Office, Modern Family, Arrested Development, and BoJack Horseman.
During last night's show, Conan O'Brien debuted the above video "The Fantastic Mystery of Shaq's Penis," an animated take on a weird story about Shaq Adam Sandler told when he was a guest on the show last year: "He's funnier than any of us. Swear to God. There's all comedians in the movie — every time they do a scene, everybody walks away and goes 'Shaq is funnier than me?'"
In a recent Salon interview, Bob Odenkirk warns aspiring writers to “get out of comedy, because it’s about to collapse.” Sketch comedy, he says, is having its time in the sun now — what with YouTube, Comedy Central’s burgeoning lineup and the legions of theater sketch teams popping up all over — but the market is becoming saturated. What’s next then? He suggests that once the market tires of short sketches, it may turn to more long-form, dramatic material. “I do think that after sketch comes story,” he speculates.
And when you look at the TV landscape, that makes sense. (Plus, Odenkirk’s been ahead of the game for years. [...]
News broke back in August that Mike Epps officially landed the role of Richard Pryor in the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed biopic, and during last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Epps looked back on landing the role and getting to spend a year with Pryor before he died. Watch more from his interview below: